The Photoshop CS4 Companion
"The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers"
"The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers" is smaller and weighs less than you laptop computer. It contains the CS4 information that photographers use, and not the features and details in CS4 that photographers seldom if ever use. The information is presented in the sequence of a photographer’s work flow from importing the pictures through to the final print. The writing is clear and friendly.
Reviewing this book made me want to upgrade to CS4 and to own this book.
In "The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers" you learn what to do when you import photos and sort, rate, and keyword them in Bridge and use the new Smart Collections and Specialized Search Folders.
You learn how to do basic camera editing of JPEG and RAW images in Adobe Camera Raw. ACR saves your original image and saves the metadata changes as you use the latest advanced editing tools. With the new nondestructive editing tools you can safely start with cropping your images. You learn to use sliders to adjust over all exposure and highest, midterm, and shadows, and to adjust color, clarity, vibrance, saturation, and contrast. You can compare the original image, and the previous image to the one with your latest settings.
You use Advanced Camera RAW to help make your good shots great. You learn to do batch correct spot removal, and to do localized correction with the adjustment brush and graduated filters.
Photoshop is used only to make your great pictures perfect using such tools as the clone tool, levels, layer masks, and nondestructive sharpening with smart objects and smart sharpening.
"The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers" next covers recipes for photographers including topics such as portraits, pictures of the world around us, and panoramas. It ends with color collaboration, making the print, and viewing the print on the wall so that you look at it over time and listen to comments about it to continue to learn as a photographer.